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Police looking for Kalamazoo shooting suspect


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times.

The victim suffered several gunshot wounds around 2 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of Westbrook Avenue, according to a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety news release. Police say he called police to report his injuries.

The man, whose name has not been released, was shot by an unknown suspect inside his apartment and was taken to Bronson Hospital for surgery.

The suspect still is at large, police say. They were able to compose a composite sketch of the suspect.

He is described as an African American man with light complexion. He is about 5'9" tall and 160lbs. He is described as being approximately 20-28 years old, wearing a white thermal long sleeve shirt, black jeans and a gray stocking cap. He also has a mustache and goatee.

Store robbed; manager pistol whipped


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kalamazoo Public Safety department reports the Family Dollar store at 507 N. Park was robbed at 8:55 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Officers say the suspect followed the store manager into the office and robbed him at gunpoint. No shots were fired, but the manager was struck in the head several times with the gun.

The manager was not seriously injured and did not require medical attention.

The suspect is a black male in his 30's approximately 6 feet tall and around 230 pounds wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kalamazoo Public Safety office at 616-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 616-343-2100.


Kalamazoo house fire leaves 1 badly burned


Kalamazoo, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Christmas Day house fire in Kalamazoo lands one occupant in Bronson Hospital.

Firefighters responded to 1020 Reed and rescued a female from a second story window. A second occupant escaped the fire with his 3-year-old son, but the man was badly burned and listed in critical condition.

The child suffered a minor burn on his arm.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the home is heavily damaged. The cause is still under investigation.


Girl, 15, reported missing in Calhoun County


NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police are asking for your help to find a missing teenager from Calhoun County.

Mary Helen Sewell, 15, was reported missing from her Newton Township between 10 p.m. on Wednesday and 4:15 a.m. Thursday.

She is described as 5'8" and 135 lbs. with long, blondish brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light colored t-shirt with a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.

If you have any information about Mary, please call MSP Marshall Post at (269) 558-0500 or Calhoun County Central Dispatch at (269) 781-0911.


Battle Creek man found after being reported missing


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Battle Creek Police Department says a man reported missing has been found.

John Cook, 23, had last been seen on Sunday, Dec. 20, at about 9 p.m. He left his home on Robinson after an argument. He left without wearing shoes or socks but had on a black Adidas windbreaker and dark jeans.

Cook was found near his address, police said, and was taken in for a medical evaluation.


DNA on straw leads to bank robbery conviction


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Federal prosecutors say a straw led to a guilty plea from an ex-con who committed a string of credit union robberies in Kalamazoo.

Edward Bowen, 48, pleaded guilty Monday to three robberies last year. In fact, he robbed the same place twice, the Preferred Credit Union in Kalamazoo, once in May 2014 and again in June 2015.

Investigators say in the second Preferred Credit Union robbery, Bowen had a cup with a straw, which he left near the scene. They were able to get a DNA sample from the straw and matched it to Bowen's DNA, which was in a national crime database from a 1996 conviction for assault with intent to murder. They were also able to get Bowen's fingerprint from the cup.

Bowen is now facing up to 25 years in prison.


Calhoun Co. deputy arrested for alleged drunk driving


LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputy was taken to the Kalamazoo County jail early Friday morning after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor.

Sheriff Matt Saxton said the male officer was off-duty when he was found unresponsive in his personal car at the intersection of 4 Mile Road and H Drive South in Calhoun County's Leroy Township.

Saxton said the case remains under investigation by Michigan State Police and exact charges are pending.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is part of his union contract, while the department's Office of Professional Standards conducts its own internal investigation.